The series-winning goal, April 25, 2015
The Calgary Flames have made it to the second round of the NHL Playoffs, and later this week they'll face the Anaheim Ducks in the next seven-game series.
As a born and raised Calgarian, I can't imagine not being a fan of the Flames. I remember that historic push to the Stanley Cup Final back in 2004 as if it was yesterday. The Red Mile on 17 Avenue was never decided upon: there was no edict or bylaw or order from above. The people of Calgary congregated there to revel in our team, and I think, to celebrate our city's coming-of-age. And now we're back at it again.
One of the reasons the Red Mile became world-famous eleven years ago was for its remarkably peaceful, positive and friendly atmosphere. Tens of thousands of fans came out and filled the street with a C of Red, and through six euphoric weeks and four intense rounds not a single window was broken. Calgary Police, Fire, EMS and other services did a terrific job, but in the end it was Calgarians who safely and responsibly demonstrated the spirit of their city.
17 Avenue, April 25, 2015
Let's make the 2015 run for the Stanley Cup even better. Keep in mind that many folks live on or very near to 17 Avenue, and while they are aware of where they live and what the Playoffs mean (they're not out to kill the fun), they are entitled to common courtesy just like everyone else. If you head out to the street after a game, remember to use your head: don't bring alcohol outside, dispose of your waste properly, respect private and public property, be considerate to everyone, regardless of gender or colour of their jersey, and don't forget that we're all neighbours.
Be good and have fun out there, Ward 8. Go Flames Go!
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